CA man surrenders in connection with Vandy rape case
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A California man connected to the Vanderbilt rape investigation surrendered to authorities in Nashville on Friday.
Miles Joseph Finley, 19, indicted by the grand jury on a charge of evidence tampering in connection with the investigation, voluntarily traveled from California and surrendered at police headquarters.
Finley's bond was set at $10,000. He will be arraigned by Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier in the near future.
Finley's co-defendant in the case, Joseph Quinzio, 20, continues to fight his extradition from California.
Finley and Quinzio were friends of rape defendant and former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg.
They are accused of tampering with certain electronic evidence pertaining to the sexual assault investigation.
Former Vanderbilt player Chris Boyd pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor charge in court Friday morning and he is expected to testify in the cases against Brandon Banks, Corey Batey, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg. He had been facing a felony charge in helping cover up the alleged rape of an unconscious co-ed in a Vanderbilt University dorm room by the other four players.
Brandon Banks, Corey Batey, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Vandenburg have had not guilty pleas entered on their behalf after they were charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg has also been charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.
Banks, Batey, McKenzie and Vandenburg have been at the center of the investigation that began in June after a reported sexual assault in a Vanderbilt University campus dorm.
Vanderbilt officials then banned the four from campus and kicked them off the football team for what was called a violation of team rules.
Police said the investigation revealed the four allegedly raped an unconscious victim inside Vandenburg's room at Gillette House dormitory in the early morning hours of June 23.
According to the indictment, Vandenburg photographed the victim and distributed that picture.
On Aug. 16, the Davidson County grand jury issued indictments for Boyd and two high school teammates of Vandenburg, Finley, 19, and Quinzio. Finley and Quinzio are each charged with one felony count of tampering with evidence.
Metro police detectives began investigating after they were notified by Vanderbilt University police, who said an unrelated situation captured by the dorm's hallway surveillance system revealed concerning behavior by the suspects.
Originally from Roswell, GA, Chris Boyd is on the 2013 Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the best college football wide receiver in the country.
Vanderbilt suspended him from the football team upon learning of the indictment and dismissed him from the team after he pleaded guilty.
Quinzio's attorney, Brett Greenfield, said his client became disturbed when he saw the video that was sent to him via text message.
"This is a good young man, trying to do the right thing, and was initially put in a bad situation. He was scared, didn't know how to react to the situation," Greenfield told the Channel 4 News I-Team after his client's arrest.
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